A famous debate from the early modern history of the Habsburgs and of the New World shows a surprising connection and similarity between the strategy and the expansion model of the two global empires.
Silent reading was uncommon until the end of the 18th century. So was literacy to a similar extent. Nevertheless, were illiterate people prevented from accessing books and manuscripts, novels and poems, letters and daily notes? On the contrary. An early form of sharing economy flourished throughout centuries.